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what if hyster didn't resolve the problem????Help me, sisters.

Those vitamins/herbs sound like they would be helpful. Even if they're not, you will have beautiful skin from the Vitamin E and a really healthy heart from the flaxseed oil. I tried the evening primrose oil, both to try and induce labor when I was pregnant (placed directly on the cervix...didn't work by the way... but by that point, we would have tried just about anything), and to help with the cramping that caused me to have the hyster. It didn't dramatically help my cramping, BUT!!!.... now experiencing the pain after hyster, I am strongly suspecting my bladder for the pain, not necessarily the uterus, so the primrose wouldn't have probably helped anyway.

I didn't have endo, luckily, and kept my ovaries (I'm 29, and told them they could have anything but my ovaries!!!) The only other thing I can think of that would be causing it besides my bladder would be adhesions. I lifted very early in recovery (less than a week postop I was alone with my young [five and two years of age] children and I had to pick up the little one...sore subject, but we gotta do what we gotta do), which I guess is about the worst thing you can do in the prevention of adhesions. When I had the surgery, they looked at the place where my gallbladder was previously (Don't ask me why they were 18 inches NORTH of where they should have been...) and there were adhesions there, so I guess that I'm a person who develops them (I guess some people are really resistant to them). I had my gallbladder taken out in early pregnancy three years ago, so my abdomen stretched significantly in the recovery period, so I don't think it got a good chance to heal. The pain in my pelvis is much like the pain that I get in my right upper quadrant, so that is a possibility.

My likely suspect, still, though is my bladder. (Or maybe a combination of them both???) I had a suspension at the time of my hyster, and we keep waiting for the postop bladder"irritation" (if you can consider a vice-like squeezing pain 90% of the day to be "irritating" ) and it still hasn't. I'm going to a urologist in two weeks to see if there's anything they can see/do. If not, I'm likely to jump off a bridge!

Right now, I haven't taken anything for pain other than the OTC ibuprofen, Aleve, Excedrin, because my doctor won't prescribe anything. I do understand that they need to cover themselves, and my doctor is a caring guy and I think he genuinely doesn't want me addicted to anything...for my own good. HOWEVER, that doesn't help my pain. Just because they can't find the source of the pain doesn't make it any less of a hurdle for me. Just sitting up at greater than a 45 degree angle hurts most of the time, which makes even working my desk job hard. I have two small kids. Everyone has a life to get back to. I just wish there was a happy medium, ya know? Between pain management and prudent prescribing of pain medications.

I don't regret my hyster. The pain during sex is gone. I don't bleed constantly. My incision healed very well, and I had very little postop pain. I was able to pee on my own the second day after surgery, even with the bladder suspension, though they had to use some diuretics to get the urine out!!! I call it a basically good experience, and I'm no further back pain wise than I was when I went into this...however, I don't feel much closer to finding an answer at all.

Some days I could literally not care whether I lived or died. Other days I'm more optimistic about someone being able to help me. You caught me on a good day . I generally don't want to get out of bed, and of course my husband is away on business for at least the next three weeks, but God has a great sense of humor, I think...if it weren't for having to get the kids dressed and fed, I would stay in bed, and I need to get up and around.

Sorry to go on and on and on.

I hope you are all on the direct path to a cure for your pain!!!

Take care, all
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